Headaches affect about 47% of the global population with 20% of those coming from the cervical spine. If traditional headache medications including OTC (aleve, aspirin, etc) or prescription medication (Imitrex) haven’t done the trick, let our certified manual therapists evaluate you and see if your neck or poor posture may be contributing.
Cervicogenic headaches can be caused by tight upper cervical musculature, poor posture, or stiff upper cervical joint segments that compress on the roots of the upper 3 cervical spinal nerves located at C1, C2, and C3 as well as the occipital nerve or vertebral artery.
They are usually unilateral, starting from one side of the posterior head and neck, migrating to the front, and sometimes are associated with the same side arm discomfort. A second type of headache can be bilateral head and neck pain, aggravated by neck positions and specific occupations such as hair-dressing, carpentry, and truck/tractor driving. The neck pain precedes or co-exists with the headache, and is aggravated by specific neck movements or sustained postures.